WWW Wednesday, October 28th

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time to take a look at what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what I’m planning on reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m listening to the audio book of The Inheritance Games after several book bloggers recommended it. I intended it to make it in my October reviews, but in the end, had too many gothic/scary/supernatural books to choose from.

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

I’m also reading Nancy Drew #15, The Haunted Bridge, both the Original Text(OT) (Amazon) (AbeBooks) and the Revised Text (RT)(Amazon) (AbeBooks). I’ve never read the OT before, and barely remember the RT, but know that the RT is a condensed version of the OT.

From Amazon.com: Mr. Drew is on the trail of an international ring of jewel thieves and asks Nancy to assist him. The trail leads to a summer resort area. Before Nancy has a chance to start work on her father’s case, a golf caddy tells her a frightening tale–in the dense woods nearby is an old wooden footbridge guarded by a ghost! Intrigued by the caddy’s story, Nancy decides to investigate. Several riddles confront the young detective as she attempts to solve the mystery of the haunted bridge and track down a woman suspected of being a key member of the gang of jewel thieves.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished the audio book of JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 by Fredrik Logevall. It’s part one of a two-part dual biography of our 35th president and it is a tome of a book.

By the time of his assassination in 1963, John F. Kennedy stood at the helm of the greatest power the world had ever seen, a booming American nation he had steered through some of the most perilous diplomatic standoffs of the Cold War era. Born in 1917 to a striving Irish American family that had ascended the ranks of Boston’s labyrinthine political machine, Kennedy was bred for government, and his meteoric rise to become the youngest elected president ever cemented his status as one of the most mythologized political figures in American history. And yet, in the decades since his untimely death, hagiographic portrayals of his dazzling charisma, reports of his extramarital affairs, and disagreements over his political legacy have made our 35th president more mysterious than ever–a problem further exacerbated by the fact that no genuinely comprehensive account of his life has yet been attempted.

Beckoned by this gap in our historical knowledge, Fredrik Logevall has spent seven years searching for the “real” JFK. The result of this prodigious effort is a sweeping two-volume biography that, for the first time, properly contextualizes Kennedy amidst the roiling American Century. Beginning with the three generations of Kennedy men and women who transformed the clan from working-class Irish immigrants to members of Boston’s political elite, Volume One spans the first thirty-nine years of JFK’s life, from sickly second son to restless Harvard undergraduate and World War II hero, through his ascendance on Capitol Hill and, finally, his decision to run for president.

I also finished The Haunting of Brynn Wilder, which was an Amazon First Reads book (for more about the program, where you can get a free Kindle book or two every month, click here). It was the perfect October read. (Review to come later today!)

Another gothic book that I finished was Rebecca, which I’ve read before, but wanted to revisit it in light of the new Netflix movie. Book and movie review to come in the next few days.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have so many new Kindle books based on recent deals (and if you like Kindle Deals, please note that I publish them once or twice a week, so Subscribe!), plus I have books coming in from the library, plus about six NetGalley ARCs to get to, I’m not sure. Later today I’m going to prioritize and start to attack the ever-growing TBR pile.

One book I know for sure I’m going to try and get to is The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek because it is due back at the library soon.

Since debuting as the host of Jeopardy! in 1984, Alex Trebek has been something like a family member to millions of television viewers, bringing entertainment and education into their homes five nights a week. Last year, he made the stunning announcement that he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. What followed was an incredible outpouring of love and kindness. Social media was flooded with messages of support, and the Jeopardy! studio received boxes of cards and letters offering guidance, encouragement, and prayers.

For over three decades, Trebek had resisted countless appeals to write a book about his life. Yet he was moved so much by all the goodwill, he felt compelled to finally share his story. “I want people to know a little more about the person they have been cheering on for the past year,” he writes in The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life.

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  1. I’ve had The Inheritance Games on my TBR for quite a while. I need to move it higher on my (mental) list. I did a lot of Nancy Drew rereading last fall for a class on classic children’s literature. If you have the energy, I highly recommend Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her, which I am sure you can get from the library. It was a lot of fun.


    • Oh, I’ve had Girl Sleuth for years, when it was out of print and hard to find but got my hands on a copy. They reprinted it in about 1995 so it’s easier to find now secondhand. It was the first, and probably one of the best books out there on the subject. There are a lot of good Adult Nancy Drew books for academic or purely entertainment purposes, though. I have all those, too. Just can’t resist any type of Nancy Drew book, I guess! Thanks for stopping by!


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